I have been asked on several occasions whether illegal aliens, or unauthorized immigrants, can sue for unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Employers are typically shocked when I tell them that the FLSA covers all workers, regardless of their immigration status. The Southern District of New York, in a recent ruling, not

On February 9, 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that California has entered into a “memo of understanding” to work with the DOL to “end the practice of misclassifying employees” as independent contractors.  This agreement between California and the DOL is part of the federally funded Misclassification Initiative that was launched in September

Last week, the Southern District of Texas denied a motion by Power Line Services Inc. (“Power Line”) to dismiss a class action alleging that the company improperly docked employee paychecks.  The claim arises out of a company policy permitting Power Line to make payroll deductions for any charges made on a corporate credit card for which an

On December 1, 2011, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it will be conducting an “enforcement initiative” focused on the residential care industry in North Carolina. The residential care industry consists of group homes, long term care facilities, and other businesses that provide care for individuals who are incapable of caring for

On November 7, 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the “Chamber”) filed an amicus brief in support of the motion by KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) to set aside the Southern District of New York’s denial of its application for a protective order.  The protective order sought to limit the number of employee hard drives that KPMG

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that United States Beef Corp., doing business as Arby’s, has agreed to pay back wages in the amount of $55,838 based on their failure to properly calculate overtime.  This agreement came following an investigation by the DOL, which found that 255 Arby’s restaurants had failed